For manufacturers of small wastewater treatment plants, the requirements for the approval of their products in France could soon change. At present, the following decree has been submitted to the relevant authorities in Brussels for approval:
“ORDER of […] amending the Order of 7 September 2009 laying down the technical specifications applicable to individual sewerage systems receiving a gross load of organic waste less than or equal to 1.2 kg/day of BOD5 and the Order of 27 April 2012 on the implementing procedures for the inspection of individual sewerage installations”
This decree essentially relates to systems and plants that cannot be CE marked. According to Article 8, the following conditions apply to systems:
To perform the treatment, the system shall include
This applies only to systems complying with EN 12566-2 (soil infiltration systems) or EN 12566-5 (filtration systems for pre-treated domestic wastewater). The decree regulates, among other things, requirements for the test programme (44 weeks in total), wastewater pre-treatment and inlet and outlet concentrations.
The simplified assessment procedure described in Appendix 3 of the decree applies to all treatment systems according to hEN 12566 Part 3 or Part 6. The basis for the assessment is the 38-week test programme corresponding to the initial type testing of the standard. The simplified assessment regulates among other things
PIA is continuously monitoring relevant developments associated with the spread of the Coronavirus and has taken preventive action to safeguard personnel and to ensure the continuation of all testing services.
Testing is currently carried out without constrictions and new orders may be placed as usual. Should any issues arise which might impact our ability to carry out testing services in the future, we will immediately notify all affected customers.
To protect the health of all associated personnel we kindly ask to refrain from any non-scheduled site visits or unannounced deliveries, unless mutually agreed on beforehand.
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If you require further information, please feel free to contact us as at any time.
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PIA GmbH is now notified for testing of the essential characteristic “reaction to fire” according to EN ISO 11925-2 (Ignitability of products subjected to direct impingement of flame / Single-flame source test).
Ignitability tests for fire classification may be conducted for all construction products under CPR Annex V.3.
PIA GmbH expands maritime testing services as an Independent Laboratory (IL) and received a letter of acceptance by the United States Coast Guard Office for Operating and Environmental Standards for testing of Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) to meet the requirements in 46 CFR 162.060.
PIA provides this service in collaboration with its sub-laboratories:
In addition, PIA is accepted by the U.S. Coast Guard for testing of marine sanitation devices and oily water separators:
The paper explores non-conformities with marine sewage rules. It follows previous joint-papers on chlorination disinfection without de-chlorination, no-sludge and recirculation-via-influent. These non-conformities are widening the gap between rules and realities.
The article Opinion: Grey Water Related Non-Conformities Need to be Addressed can be accessed via the following link:
For further information, please refer to the following related publications: